Signing Contracts

Comic strip about the use of contracts between freelancers and client

What The Duck – Signing Contracts – By Aaron Johnson – http://whattheduck.net

Transcript

  • Box 1:  Man: I feel scrutinizing contracts creates a certain level of mistrust between the two parties.
  • Box 2. Man: Ignorance is bliss, right?
  • Box 2. Duck: Cha-ching.
  • Box 3. Man: What?
  • Box 3. Duck: I said “sign here”

Vocabulary

  • to sign (v.)  /saɪn/ to write your name on something to show that you wrote/painted, etc it or to show that you agree to it
  • to scrutinize (v.) /ˈskruːtɪnaɪz/ to examine something very carefully
  • contract (n.) /ˈkɒntrækt/ a legal agreement between two parties = between two people or organizations, especially one that involves doing work for a particular amount of money
  • mistrust (n.)  /mɪsˈtrʌst/ when you do not believe or have confidence in someone or something
  • Ignorance is bliss (phrase) this is saying to indicate that not knowing a lot about a situation is better than knowing too much
  • Cha-ching the sound that  a cash register makes when money comes in. This symbolizes that the duck can make a lot of money

Context

  • Have you ever had to sign a contract? Signing contracts is tricky: the language is not easy to understand, the text is not interesting, but what is written has very important consequences! Here, the client doesn’t want to bother reading the contract and believes that he can trust the duck to be honest. However, in the duck’s mind, this means that he will be able to make more money. How? Depending on what’s written in the contract, he may be able to legally charge the client more under certain circumstances.

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